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MicroRNA Mediators of Early-Life Stress Vulnerability in Suicidal Behavior

2019 Distinguished Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $125,000
Focus Area: Genetic Studies

Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Grant Information

Early life stress has been shown to contribute to suicide risk, but the mechanisms are unknown. Genetics play a role in brain function, and alterations in expression of specific microRNAs — the parts of genes that are responsive to environmental cues — may have an effect. Understanding the relationship between microRNAs, stress, and suicide has implications for developing novel treatments and suicide prevention strategies.